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MUMBAI: After several failed attempts, the Dharavi Redevelopment Project is being revived yet again. The state government’s plan to divide the. Authorities in Mumbai have come up with a plan under which developers will change the face of Dharavi slum area by building high-rise flats. Mumbai: Sanjay Khandare is anxious. The year-old Dharavi resident who owns a leather goods factory is sure he will be robbed of space, small as his.

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By 8am, Dharavi is already noisy. Tea stalls already clinking, leather-making and embroidery and plastic-crushing machines already cranking through their long daily grind. Dharavi, the most well-known informal settlement in Mumbai, stands in a category of its own, and challenges the very notion of a slum.

But Dharavi is no longer in the boondocks. Today, Dharavi stands on a goldmine: Not surprisingly, Dharavi has caught the attention of sharkish developers. Under the government-led Dharavi Redevelopment Project, developers will provide the people living there — who can prove residency since — a new, sq ft house for free.

In return, authorities have allowed the builders to go higher increasing the floor space index in Dharavi from 1.

The plan has created a storm of controversy.

Everyone agrees that Dharavi needs better working and living conditions. There are queues for everything, including toilet blocks, municipal water taps and healthcare clinics.


The Slum Redevelopment Project in Dharavi

Theor so residents — there has been no official count and studies suggest it could be double that — squeeze into an area just one-third bigger than Hyde Park. The new plan to redevelop Dharavi increases that density to inhumane proportions.

Although the tower-block buildings offer amenities such as toilets, they also threaten to destroy the fabric of a community in which homes, roofs and outdoor spaces transform into places of work and social interaction — the only way many of the micro-enterprises can operate.

UDRI launched an international competition, called Reinventing Dharavito solicit the best ideas for this endlessly limboed issue. Twenty teams, with more than members from 21 different countries, submitted proposals. UDRI held a workshop to give people a first-hand look at some of the urban structures the residents themselves have already created. One proposal from a Dutch team, entitled The Game is On! Many teams mapped out new physical infrastructure, such as container housing or sophisticated water systems.

Another common concern was the idea of connectivity, on both a physical and economic level. The group proposed that Dharavi no longer be an island of deprivation in the city, but rather a magnet for commerce, by converting slum buildings into industrial hubs. But it was a team from Mumbai that took first prize, for a most novel idea: The group, called Plural, asked a question that has been missing in all these decades of discussion: And their first suggestion?


The best idea to redevelop Dharavi slum? Scrap the plans and start again | Cities | The Guardian

This trust would be a non-profit corporation, governed by former landowners, community members and neighbourhood associations. Its first task would be to understand the needs of each of the existing nagars neighbourhoodsbefore developing accordingly. The idea shows promise: The trust would solve that problem in a stroke. It is hard to overstate the sea change this represents in the history of development planning for Dharavi: Rather than showcasing glossy images and plans, the project involves the residents in development from the get-go.

But influencing the current trajectory will be no insignificant task.

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A similar debate is raging over how to redevelop the eastern waterfront. At some redevelopmenr, UDRI will need to convince not just activists but power-brokers. Its next step shows it is aware of the task ahead: UDRI is developing a publication to bring the most promising ways forward to government officials.

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